Popular barbecue restaurant Pig Beach’s upscale offshoot is closing after just over two years in Greenwich Village. Pig Bleecker, at 155 Bleecker St. at Thompson Street, will be shutting its doors at the end of February, according to a post on Instagram.
The restaurant from chef Matt Abdoo, a Del Posto alum, was initially a bid to bring smoky barbecue elements to a setting that’s more “refined” than a traditional outdoor cookout. That meant brisket ravioli with black truffle butter, beef rib, and a smoked pork chop with a peach and habanero jam. Shortly after opening, the restaurant received one star from Times critic Pete Wells, who enjoyed many of the non-pork dishes but found several misses as well.
The space, though, was a high-rent one. Just before Pig Bleecker opened in January 2017, well-liked hot dog spot Bark opened and closed within six months because it couldn’t keep up with the rent.
Pig Bleecker’s Instagram post notes that “this is definitely not the end, just the beginning.” The team also is eyeing opening a new restaurant in Astoria that will seat about 400 people. Eater has reached out for further information.
Fans of Abdoo’s cooking can still find it in Gowanus at Pig Beach, which expanded at the end of 2017 to include a huge indoor space. Food and drink like baby back ribs, vinegar wings, and burgers are available in the communal space.
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It's with a heavy heart that we announce the closing of Pig Bleecker at the end of the month. We are proud of what we have accomplished in the last two years and are so grateful to everyone who has supported us. This is definitely not the end, just the beginning, so stay tuned & follow our sister account @pigbeachnyc for updates. In the meantime, swing by the restaurant for some of our favorite dishes like brisket ravioli, pork chop with peach habanero Jam, and our famous burger.